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Sunday, 13 March 2011

This Week in Toronto (Mar. 14 - 20)

Pianist Andreas Haefliger (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

We are in "Spring Break" where the majority of schools - not university level, however - have the week off. Perhaps this explains the relatively sparse concert offerings. Even the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is in hiatus. However, there are a number of interesting events happening this week, particularly piano recitals. Well known Swiss pianist Andreas Haefligher is in town under the auspices of Music Toronto. The son of the late, celebrated Swiss tenor Ernst Haefliger, he combines virtuoso flair with uncommon musicality, as revealed in the liederabend with German baritone Matthias Goerne for the Toronto Summer Music Festival last July. It is good to have him back in town, this time appearing with flautist Marina Piccinini, in a program of Franck's Flute Sonata in A and Liszt's Les Annees de Pelerinage: Suisse. The concert takes place at the Jane Mallett Theatre on Tuesday March 15 at 8 p.m.

Another piano recital of interest features the CD launch concert of Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico in Glass Houses Revisited, a program dedicated to the works of Ann Southam who recently passed away. I was unable to find more program details. It takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio on Thursday March 17 7:30 p.m.

Canadian pianist Jane Coop returns to Toronto after a long absence to give a recital of Beethoven and Scriabin at Walter Hall, on Sunday March 20 3:15 p.m. The recital is presented by Mooredale Concerts At 1:15 p.m. is Music and Truffles, a special program designed for young audiences. Details at

The Met in HD series continues with Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on Saturday 1 p.m. at selected Cineplex cinemas in the GTA. French diva Natalie Dessay reprises her triumph from 2008 in the Mary Zimmerman production. This time, the Edgardo is the sensational Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. He has been getting the most fantastic ovations since opening night, and his performance this Saturday is not to be missed. Enrico is French baritone Ludovic Tezier and Raimondo is Kwangchul Youn. Patrick Summers conducts. Details at



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